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Zenaida Yanowsky

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Zenaida Yanowsky in action.
Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a First Artist in 1994 and was promoted to Soloist in 1996, First Soloist in 1999 and Principal in 2001. Her many roles include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Marguerite, Manon, Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country) and Principal roles in ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), The Four Temperaments, Apollo, In the Night, After the Rain and The Invitation. She has created roles for choreographers including Kim Brandstrup, Alexei Ratmansky and Will Tuckett, and the Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and Paulina (The Winter’s Tale) for Christopher Wheeldon.

Yanowsky was born in Lyon. Both of her parents were dancers with Lyon Opera Ballet, and as a child she often accompanied them on tour. The family settled in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and she trained there at the dance school established by her parents. After winning a silver medal at Varna in 1991 she joined Paris Opera Ballet. Further awards included gold medals at the 1993 European Young Dancers Competition and the 1994 Jackson International Ballet Competition.

Yanowsky has danced in two short dance films, Duet and The Sandman, for Channel 4, and in the BBC’s Riot at the Rite. She has collaborated with Claire Barclays and Tuckett on an installation in the Whitechapel Gallery, and danced in a short film choreographed by Tuckett for the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern.

Videos

News and features

How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for <em>Elizabeth</em> that are light enough to dance in

How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for Elizabeth that are light enough to dance in

6 January 2016

Head of Costume Fay Fullerton on the challenges of re-creating Elizabethan costumes for 21st-century ballet.

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s <em>Cubanía</em>

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s Cubanía

20 July 2015

A quick introduction to the great Cuban dancer’s vibrant homage to his homeland.

Photos

Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish in In The Night

Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky photographed for What Lies Beneath

Zenaida Yanowsky as Manon in Kenneth Macmillan's Manon, The Royal Ballet,

Edward Watson as Polixenes, Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV

Federico Bonelli, Zenaida Yanowsky, Isabel McMeekan and Deirdre Chapman in Apollo

Isabel McMeekan, Federico Bonelli, Deirdre Chapman and Zenaida Yanowsky in Apollo

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Zenaida Yanowsky backstage during The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet

Irek Mukhamedov and Zenaida Yanowsky in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky as Manon in Kenneth Macmillan's Manon, The Royal Ballet,

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky and members of The Royal Ballet in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky photographed for What Lies Beneath

Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky in Edwaard Liang's Sight Unseen

Zenaida Yanowsky as Manon and Gary Avis as the Gaoler in Kenneth Macmillan's Manon, The Royal Ballet,

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Zenaida Yanowsky

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet

Christopher Wheeldon and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Apollo

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas.

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas

Nehemiah Kish and Zenaida Yanowsky in Swan Lake

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Federico Bonelli as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Edwaard Liang's Sight Unseen

Zenaida Yanowsky and Rupert Pennefather in A Month in the Country